NEW FLOWER BORDER ON BROAD LANE CREATED BY ST WILFRID’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN
Children at St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School took part in a project to brighten up the little village green at the corner of Broad Lane and Church lane this week. The Parish Council arranged to have the borders dug and prepared (Councillors Graham and Elaine Welborn worked very hard to assist getting the borders ready in time) and the children planted a selection of colourful and attractive flowering plants.
The initiative was in response to an appeal from the Parish Council for local residents to get involved with the Best Kept Village competition and to try to make our area look its best in time for judging.
The Archbishop of York Trust runs a Young Leaders course and, as part of this course, 15 Year 5 children started an after school course looking at different leadership skills and how they could help to improve the local community using these skills. The culmination of the course is for the children to lead a Community Action Project which aims to focus on a small area of the community and help to improve it, tidy it up or make it more accessible and enjoyable for the local people. Examples from other schools include working on a small garden area, litter picks, tidying up hedgerows etc.
The children came up with some planting ideas and the Parish Council ordered plants in the suggested colours. The children worked really hard on one of the hottest of recent days to complete the planting scheme and watered everything well.
Given the recent hot spell it will be no small task to keep the plants alive but we are grateful to our Parish Warden, Martin Stuart and Councillor John McQuillian who have agreed to share the responsibility of watering the plants so that the hard work of the children doesn’t go to waste. Our thanks go to the Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Anna Ruskin for organising the project and taking part. The Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Elaine Welborn, is delighted with the results and we all look forward to the future development of this new feature.